The man stood and watched as the fighter jet performed its airshow tricks. Without ever leaving the perimeter of the show area it repeatedly pulled 8-9g, hosing fuel into its after-burners, full re-heat, in order to make it go around these notional corners in the air. "That's F1," thought the man. "F1 in the sky." All petrol and fury but going nowhere.
The man knew what he was talking about. After all, he was one of the pioneers of introducing downforce into the sport, intimately involved in ground effect and active ride, technologies that grinded the cars into the ground at previously unimaginable speeds.
Peter Wright, the man watching at the airshow, was in the governing body's motorhome at Silverstone, along with fellow FIA technical consultant Tony Purnell. Two high-powered brains in love with this sport. You might say they were singing from the same hymn sheet except you quickly realise they don't need to read a sheet - they are genuinely like-minded when it comes to all things F1.
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